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New York-Presbyterian Hospital earns LEED Gold designation from USGBC

July 1, 2010
NEW YORK — New York-Presbyterian Hospital is the first hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation, and one of only six hospitals in the country with a Gold or Platinum designation, according to a press release.
"The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center is proof that an advanced medical facility can be environmentally friendly and energy-efficient," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
"We are proud to be recognized by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and others for the steps we’ve taken to support the health of our surrounding communities, including the environment they live in," Pardes continued.
Among its many sustainable features, the building''s five-story exterior "climate wall" uses sophisticated technology to improve energy efficiency, making the facility 30 percent more energy efficient than a standard structure, the article stated.
The design saves energy by reducing the need for powered cooling and heating and lighting, the article noted.
According to the article, the building also uses high-efficiency lighting that automatically turns on or shuts off depending on whether there is someone in the room; a computerized management system for heating, ventilation and air conditioning; storage and change rooms for bicycle commuters; and an array of environmentally friendly building materials, including post-consumer recycled content.
New York-Presbyterian received a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to study how its climate wall performs compared with standard designs, the article added.
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